Orioles claim left-handed reliever Cionel Pérez on waivers - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles claim left-handed reliever Cionel Pérez on waivers

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The Orioles claimed left-handed pitcher Cionel Pérez on waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Pérez was 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA in 25 games with the Reds this past season. From 2018-2020, Pérez, a 25-year-old Cuban native, was 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 20 games with Houston.

Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias was with the Astros as their scouting director when Pérez signed with the team as an international free agent in 2016.

Pérez’s acquisition fills the Orioles’ 40-man roster.

The Orioles have two other left-handed relievers on the 40-man roster — Paul Fry and Tanner Scott, both of whom must be offered contracts by November 30th. Neither finished the season with the Orioles. Fry was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on August 29th and didn’t return. Scott ended the season on the 10-day injured list because of a knee injury.

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  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    November 24, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    I’m overcome with this news. … will somebody please pull the bottle of nitro glycerine out of my pocket for me?

    • JerseyO

      November 24, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      Still dumpster diving Boog

      • Buzz1979

        November 24, 2021 at 8:34 pm

        Bye, bye, batting practice pitcher Fry!

    • Raymo

      November 28, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      Suddenly I’ve got American Pie stuck in my head.

  2. jimcarter

    November 24, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    The Orioles are poised to make noise in the East. They should be able to take Buffalo, but they’ll need a few more moves like this to overtake Durham.

  3. Icterus fan

    November 24, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Hey, in his “good” year, he had a 5.74 era.
    This is really moving the fan excitement needle……..

  4. calvinisthobbesian

    November 24, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    The scene is 2025, post season. Mike Elias is at the podium for a press conference. He proceeds to announce that Ashley Rutschman will be traded for six minor league pitchers, all with ERAs over 6.00. When asked why Elias responds that as Rutschman is arbitration eligible, they will actually have to part with a little money to sign him, which Elias explains,they won’t do because the team is not competitive because it has no pitching. When asked why this is Elias asks for the next question. Orioles fans should be rebelling at taking a bite of the crap sandwich that Elias and ownership try to feed them.

    • WhyDoIBother

      November 24, 2021 at 9:06 pm


    • AkronOhioOriole1

      November 24, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      Well said…..or he will mention they have high spin rates and average 15k’s/nine innings and throw 100 mph, but yet have an ERA of over 6.

      • WhyDoIBother

        November 24, 2021 at 9:17 pm

        You are delusional Akron

    • Phil770

      November 25, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Indefensible. Another Ruiz signing. Elias overly partial to anyone that he ever signed.

  5. WhyDoIBother

    November 24, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    My Thanksgiving can’t get any better now I suppose… welcome aboard Cionel!

  6. NormOs

    November 25, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Another “STEAL” off the waiver wire (list of untradeables), How does he do it? Elias is amazing and with his “talent” should really go to a team that needs his “expertese,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,PLEASE! I’m sure there are several people on here that will help him pack,

  7. WorldlyView

    November 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    You guys can scoff all you want at our newest waiver wire wonder, Perez. But his acquisition marks a significant step up in the talent recently added to the team. Elias’s three previous additions leave something to be desired in terms of their records. Our newest shortstop (Fox) has zero MLB experience. Rico Garcia has one win in the majors, an ERA above 7., and is recovering from T.J. surgery. Bryan Baker has pitched exactly ONE inning in the majors. Perez has an MLB ERA above 6 and was waived. However, his TWO wins are infinitely more than Baker’s and TWICE as many as Garcia. Statisticians call this an upward trajectory. Still, the brutally unimpressive records of these four players does raise concerns about Elias’s timetable and ability to make the Orioles competitive. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground here. On the one hand, he might be a super smart talent evaluator operating at such a high level that ordinary people cannot appreciate his strategy. OR, he may be a bumbling sham who does not know what the hell he is doing–unless his goals are driving O’s fans to despair and seeking to set records for team losses in a season and for low team payroll. In deference to those who still adore Elias, I suggest we withhold final judgment until at least 2025 when the reinvigorated farm system should begin to produce a cadre of solid major leaguers. Hopefully, we all will still be alive then and mentally competent to make the judgment.

  8. dakhd1

    November 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    What does Mike see in Perez that the Reds don’t?

    • Phil770

      November 27, 2021 at 8:45 am

      Actual progress must start in 2022. Playing for a future that never arrives is not going to cut it.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        November 27, 2021 at 12:58 pm

        Progress should have started last year. Mind you that progress doesn’t mean contention … it could be defined here as 1 STINKING MORE WIN than last year.

        This is much too much to ask from Tank Elias.

    • WorldlyView

      November 27, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      dak: He sees a very low salary.

  9. Tileman

    November 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Interesting with every passing year of this rebuild we all keep moving the goal posts on when Elias will finally field a competitive team.
    We have a looong way to go when teams like the Mets drop +50 million on three players like they did this past week

  10. NormOs

    November 27, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    It looks as if The O’s do not want to be competative this or any other year as long as Elias is running things simply because he has no idea how to run things, The “Brothers” got suckered into believing he had anything to do with the Astros winning the WS. As everyone can plainly see by this time, he could not have contributed anything to the winning. All he is interested in is not spending money. The empty seats will again prove this guy’s worth. Maybe the Angelos’ will wise up but I doubt it.

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